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Joy Buba

 (1904 - 1998)
Joy Flinsch (Margaret) Buba was active/lived in New York, North Carolina.  Joy Buba is known for sculpture, landscape and portrait painting, children's book illustration.

Biography  
Joy Buba


Biography from the Archives of askART

The following information is from Mary Scriver, wife of artist Bob Scriver (1914-1999).

Joy Buba was part of a New York City community that included Malvina Hoffman, who was her good friend. Joy came to  Browning, Montana, in the Sixties to make portraits of Blackfeet Indians. 

Both used The Bob Spring's Foundry in New York for bronze casting. 

Buba and Hoffman were members of the National Sculpture Society and recommended Bob Scriver for membership. The group originated in the Beaux Arts style of Paris and remained focused on representation rather than abstraction. 

Joy made several outstanding busts, which Bob Scriver transferred into plaster for her.  She kept beguiling journals of colored pencil sketches and notes when she traveled.

Joy illustrated children's books by Herbert S. Zim, notably Elephants, Rabbits and Goldfish.

Her time with us was both inspiring and productive.  I mentioned her in Bronze Inside and Out, my bio of Bob Scriver.

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Mary Scriver also sends the following information from the Spring Gallery/Modern Art Foundry.  It is text accompanying a sales offering of a Joy Buba ink drawing and signed "To Bobby Spring and Company with years of friendship and appreciation 1973 NYC"


Bob Spring recalls her being family friends, and very enjoyable. He has drawings she did of his children on visits to his home. The foundry has a collection of her letters, where she never seemed to want to end. She would continue writing on the borders around the circumference of the paper. He recalls her astute ability to use the bronze to the fullest of it's potential. By using a broken surface to create the shadows to evoke the depth of feeling, she created her color this way. He also reported an anecdote where she displayed her authoritative German nature. When a well known artist tried to suggest she was borrowing his technique, she crisply noted she actually had been using this technique since before he was born...
 
Margret Joy Flinsch Buba, 1904-1998, was an internationally known sculptor. She and her husband Peter, lived in her studio in New York City for many years. Her contributions to the city are on public display in fifteen locations. Among these are a bust of Pope John Paul II (Saint Patrick's Cathedral), a bas-relief of John D. Rockefeller Jr. (Rockefeller Plaza), a bust of Henry Fairfield Osborne (American Museum of Natural History).

A passionate ornithologist and life member of the Audubon Society, her sculptures of John James and Lucy Audubon reside at the Society's headquarters. In Washington DC one can see her over life-size figure of Dr. Florence R. Sabin in Statuary Hall and a bust of Justice Stanley Matthews in the U.S. Supreme Court. In Europe her works there include a bust of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (Bonn, Germany) and a bust of Pope Paul VI at the Vatican Library (Italy). Her artistry was prolific, characterized by tireless attention to detail. Sketchbook in hand, she observed and recorded everything. She also illustrated several children's books, painted scenes and portraits with oils and water color.





Biography from the Archives of askART
Following is an obituary of the artist, published March 8, 1998, courtesy of Mary Scriver.

BUBA-Margret Joy Flinsch. Internationally known sculptor, aged 93, died in Black Mountain, North Carolina, February 11, 1998. She and her husband Peter, lived in her studio in New York City for many years.

Her contributions to the city are on public display in fifteen locations. Among these are a bust of Pope John Paul II (Saint Patrick's Cathedral), a bas-relief of John D. Rockefeller Jr. (Rockefeller Plaza), a bust of Henry Fairfield Osborne (American Museum of Natural History).

A passionate ornithologist and life member of the Audubon Society, her sculptures of John James and Lucy Audubon reside at the Society's headquarters. In Washington DC, one can see her over life-size figure of Dr. Florence R. Sabin in Statuary Hall and a bust of Justice Stanley Matthews in the U.S. Supreme Court.

In Europe her works there include a bust of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer (Bonn, Germany) and a bust of Pope Paul VI at the Vatican Library (Italy).

Her artistry was prolific, characterized by tireless attention to detail. Sketchbook in hand, she observed and recorded everything. She also illustrated several children's books, painted scenes and portraits with oils and water color.

She is survived by a brother Roland Flinsch in California and a sister Dr. Cora Flinsch in Switzerland, as well as many nieces and nephews.


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About  Joy Buba

Born:  1904 - Lloyd's Neck, New York
Died:   1998 - Black Mountain, North Carolina
Known for:  sculpture, landscape and portrait painting, children's book illustration